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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Midweek day walk - Roydon to Sawbridgeworth

Roydon to Sawbridgeworth via Henry Moore Foundation

A Summer Solstice (well just after) walk through open countryside with wheat fields, woods and waterways - stretches of the River Ash in the morning and the Stort Navigation near the end.  Also, the Henry Moore Sculpture Park at Perry Green.

Book 3* Walk 164      *online only

Length :  23 km or 14 miles

Toughness :  5 out of 10

Getting there :  Catch the 10:28 am Cambridge train from London Liverpool Street to Roydon (10:40 am Tottenham Hale)

Meeting point :  Roydon Station at 10:57

Tickets :  Buy a cheap day return to Sawbridgeworth

Brief Description

 On this walk you may clear your head of EU referendum issues and, as this is a request from the SWC gastro sub-group, anyone eating at the Hoops Inn should be rewarded with good food.
One of the main attractions of the walk is the Henry Moore Foundation Sculpture Park at  Perry Green. The public footpath through the grounds is open as usual with some external sculptures in view.  But do note that the visitor centre is closed for a revamp until 1st July.
As ever, you may find full details of the walk here and a PDF here

Suggested Lunch stop

The Hoops Inn Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EF t: 01279 843 568

Suggested Tea stops (you're spoilt for choice here!)

George IV 81 London Road/Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AT t: 01279 723 527
The Queens Head 26 Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AT t: 01279 836 057
La Provence 23 Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AR  t: 01279 726 495 (Closes 4:30pm)
The Old Bell 38 Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AN  t: 01279 721 050
The White Lion 28 London Road/Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9EN  t: 01279 836 118
King William IV (The Willy) Vantorts Road, Sawbridgeworth, Herts CM21 9AJ t: 01279 722 322
The Railway Hotel Hatfield Health Road (opposite station) Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9LD t: 10279 724317


OS Explorer : 194

Return train times

Trains return from Sawbridgeworth to London Liverpool Street at the following times 15:20* | 16:03 | 16:20* | 16:48* | 17:03 | 17:20* | 17:35 | 18:03
* Change at Harlow Town


Anonymous said...

A few from the Gastro sub group are considering having an early dinner at the Orange Tree pub, 166 West Road, Sawbridgeford. It's a little ways off the route when you hit Sawbridgeford but easily accessable by footpath. All welcome.

Marion said...

Intend going and will stay for dinner

Anonymous said...

website says HM garden is closed!

"We will reopen on 1 July
Our new facilities are nearing completion and we are planning to open the Studios, Gardens and Moore's former home from 1 July."

Mike A said...

Here's the Email from the Foundation
"Good Morning Mike

There is a public footpath that you are able to take around the outside of the grounds where you will be able to see some of Henry Moores sculptures.

I do hope this information helps.

Kind regards

Lynn Wortley
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
I think that's what I indicated in the Post

Anonymous said...

That footpath is indeed the route the walk takes, and - as the Walk Poster says - you will be able to see about a handful of the sculptures from the footpath, mere meters away. The Walk Author

Marc Ricketts said...

Now I might do the Walk Tomorrow. But I can,t Gurantee I will.

Marion said...

Leave early as there's train delays shown on the news. I've got signal failure and delays but the Vic line changing at Tottenham Hale is a great option.

Stargazer said...

n=12 on this lovely walk through the Hertfordshire countryside on a w=dry-but-grey-and-very-humid-day-with-drier-and-sunny-evening. Most did the full walk plus an extension on a footpath that circumnavigates the sculpture park and allows some up close inspection of a number of the fabulous sculptures (which can also mostly be seen on the main route). All agreed that lunch at the Hoops Inn was one of the best on a SWC outing -- amazing food, friendly staff and pleasant patio. Some made a detour towards the end to sample the fare at another pub -- but did find the offerings paled in comparison to the Hoops. A fine day at the office....